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International Teaching Assistants (ITA)

The Vanderbilt University English Language Center (ELC) offers support for International Teaching Assistants (ITA). Specialized English for Academics and Professionals (EAP) courses including ITA Communication, Academic Speaking, and Pronunciation are available to ITAs at the ELC. The ELC conducts English-language proficiency assessments for ITAs in August and January.

ITA Assessment

ITAs at Vanderbilt University (VU) may be evaluated for English-language proficiency at the request of their departments or by self-selection. ITAs may be assessed throughout their time at VU depending on how their role as ITAs and department needs may change. The evaluation process is designed to determine whether an ITA has the high level of communication skills needed to carry out TA responsibilities.

The assessment for Fall 2022 will be on Tuesday, August 16. You must sign up using the link below. (Returning ITAs from Spring 2022 need not be re-assessed; just sign up for your next ELC-recommended course in Step 3 below.)

Step 1: Complete ITA assessment sign-up form

  • Apply for ITA Assessment (Fall 2022 only: Link will be live by August 1)
  • The form above may be completed by an ITA or an ITA’s department

Step 2: Attend ITA assessment at the ELC (if required)

  • The ELC will contact you soon after you complete the form to schedule an assessment

Step 3: Based on assessment results (or last semester’s grade and recommendation), the ELC may recommend one of the following courses:

ITA Resources

Please visit the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching for other ITA-related information.

For Vanderbilt Departments

Directors of Graduate Study and other departmental representatives may also visit the ELC Campus Support page.


For information regarding assessment and enrollment, please contact:

Jim Cracraft, Assistant Director
Tel: +1 (615) 322-0247

For information regarding eligibility, please contact:

Susan M. Barone, Director
Tel: +1 615-322-2277